Katie + Bryan: Waterfall Lodge + Retreat


Katie and Bryan’s wedding tucked away in the redwoods was one for the books! I had been looking forward to this wedding for quite some time because, let’s be honest: After meeting Katie once (with many email exchanges), I knew how FUN their wedding was going to be. And secondly, my most favorite friendors were also going to be there. A real win-win, if you ask me!

Katie and her gals had the entire lodge to get ready in (with the AC blasting, I might add), while Bryan and his groomsmen had their pick of the many onsite A-Frame cabins to choose from. I remember walking in and thinking how relaxed Katie was, enjoying the morning with her bridesmaids.

The couple chose their ceremony spot – an open expanse with the redwoods as their backdrop, just a few minutes walk up from the lodge. Guests were shuttled in and were encouraged to grab a drink in anticipation of the ceremony starting. The reception was back at the lodge, which was transformed to the open dance floor, with cocktail hour and dinner located outside under the trees and twinkling market lights. <3

Biggest congratulations to one amazing couple. We love you, Katie and Bryan!

**All vendors and their respective websites listed at the bottom of blog post.

SIDE NOTE: As a photographer I have to say that one of the most memorable parts of the day is that before ceremony began, the officiant stood before the guests, acknowledged that we were all here to witness Katie’s and Brian’s vows, but requested vows of the guests themselves. He had the guests repeat after him that at no point throughout the rest of the ceremony would the guests take out their cellphones or cameras. They vowed that they would keep them stowed away and be present during the ceremony. And wouldn’t you believe….They followed through! I didn’t see any guests try to sneak any shots! This, my friends, is GOLD! I’ve been to *many* weddings and this cellphone free request was completely requested! Just a note for brides who want an unplugged wedding but aren’t sure how to make it happen. 🙂


Photography: Vanessa Lynne Photography

Event Planning and Design: Alluring Events + Design

Florals: The Blonde Bouquet

Videography: Sean Kenney Films

Dress: Miosa Bride

Hair: Bridget Jasper of lovealways_bk

Makeup: Susie Castilone

Mobile Bar: The Whiskey Chaser Bar

Catering: Savory Events

Venue: Waterfall Lodge and Retreat

DJ: Dj Rufio

August 20, 2019


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